Broadcasts – February 2017

Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your broadcast opera-tunities for this month:

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER
http://www.kqed.org/tv/programs/index.jsp?pgmid=19315
50 Years of Mostly Mozart – Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, one of the world’s major music festivals. The visionary programming celebrates the composer’s genius with signature performances and new commissions.
Fri Feb 3 at 9pm and Sat Feb 4 at 3am – KQED 9
Sun Feb 12 at 12noon – KQED Plus

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA ON KDFC
http://www.kdfc.com/The-Metropolitan-Opera-on-KDFC/15771717
Rigoletto (Verdi) – Stephen Costello stars as the womanizing Duke, Olga Peretyatko is the innocent Gilda, and Zeljko Lucic reprises his heartbreaking take on the tragic title role. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts. Sat Feb 4 at 10am

Carmen (Bizet) – French mezzo-soprano Clementine Margaine stars as the immortal gypsy heroine. Tenor Marcelo Alvarez is the hapless soldier Don José, newcomer Maria Agresta is the devoted Micaëla, and Kyle Ketelsen is the torero Escamillo. Ascher Fisch conducts.   Sat Feb 11 at 10am

I Puritani (Bellini) – The art of bel canto takes center stage in this lyrical jewel. The electrifying Diana Damrau is Elvira, gripped by madness and love; Javier Camarena takes on the role of her beloved and heroic Arturo; and Alexey Markov and Luca Pisaroni are the soldiers caught up in the English Civil War. Maurizio Benini conducts.
Sat Feb 18 at 10am

Rusalka (Dvorak) – Kristine Opolais stars in the title role of the mythical water nymph in this fairytale opera of love and longing, rejection and redemption.  Rounding out the cast is Brandon Jovanovich as the human prince who captures her heart; Katarina Dalayman as her rival, the Foreign Princess; Eric Owens as the Water Sprite, Rusalka’s father; and Jamie Barton as the witch Jezibaba. Mark Elder conducts.  Sat Feb 25 at 10am

PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET
http://www.kqed.org/tv/programs/index.jsp?pgmid=15125
Tristan und Isolde (Wagner) – Australian heldentenor Stuart Skelton (Adler 1997) as Tristan with Nina Stemme as Isolde in Wagner’s breathtaking meditation on love and death. Mariusz Trelinski‘s new production also stars Ekaterina Gubanova as Brangäne, Evgeny Nikitin as Kurwenal, and René Pape as King Marke. Sir Simon Rattle conducts.  Sun Feb 5 at 12noon – KQED Plus

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA RADIO BROADCASTS
http://www.kdfc.com/pages/15764296.php
Semiramide (Rossini) – Special archival broadcast from 1981. Montserrat Caballé (Semiramide), Marilyn Horne (Arsace), James Morris (Assur), Dalmacio Gonzalez (Idreno), Candace Kahn (Azema), Eric Halfvarson (Oroe), Jonathan Green (Mitrane), Gregory Stapp (Ghost of Nino); conducted by Richard Bonynge.
Sun Feb 5 at 8pm – KDFC (available on-demand at KDFC.com for 4 weeks after airing)

PESCADERO OPERA SOCIETY
http://www.pescaderoopera.com/
Faust (Gounod) – Weary of life and the pursuit of knowledge, the aged scholar Faust contemplates suicide. Mephistopheles promises to satisfy all of his hedonistic demands in exchange for his soul. Sir David McVicar‘s innovative 2004 Royal Opera production sets the story in the seamy underbelly of Paris around the time of the Franco-Prussian War (1870). Roberto Alagna stars as Faust with Angela Gheorghiu as Marguerite.  The rest of the cast includes superstars Bryn Terfel as Mephistopheles, Simon Keenlyside as Valentin, and Sophie Koch as Siebel. ROH Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts.
Sat Feb 11 potluck at 12noon followed by DVD presentation at 2pm
10350 Cabrillo Hwy, 3 miles south of Pescadero Rd. (look for the American flag)

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FAMILY MOVIES
http://www.sfopera.com/cartuneafternoon
CarTUNE Afternoon – Grab some popcorn and join San Francisco Opera for a FREE afternoon of beloved cartoons filled with classical music. Disney Delights will feature an array of favorites to inspire joy, laughter and enchantment.
Sat Feb 11; 2 – 3:15pm and 4 – 5:15pm
Taube Atrium Theatre – 4th Floor, War Memorial Veterans Building 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

CAMERA 3 CINEMAS – OPERA IN CINEMA
http://www.cameracinemas.com/operas.shtml
Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saens) – Lightning streaks through the skies as Dalila declares her love to Samson in one of the finest arias of romantic opera. When the thunder at last rumbles, the enchanting yet treacherous beauty Dalila betrays Samson and offers him up to his enemies. This 2016 Opera National de Paris production is directed by Damiano Michieletto and conducted by Philippe Jordan and stars Anita Rachvelisvili as Dalila, Aleksandr Antonenko as Samson, Egils Silins as the High Priest of Dagon, Nicolas Teste as Abimélech, Nicolas Cavallier as the Old Hebrew, John Bernard as the Philistine Messenger, Luca Sannaias the First Philistine, and Jian Hong-Zhao as the Second Philistine.
Tues Feb 21 at 7:15pm Camera 3 Entertainment, 288 S. Second St., SJ

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD
http://www.metopera.org/Season/In-Cinemas
Rusalka (Dvorak) – In a new Met production, Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to this fairytale opera of love and longing, rejection and redemption. Kristine Opolais stars in the title role of the water nymph Rusalka, with Brandon Jovanovich as the human prince who captures her heart; Katarina Dalayman as her rival, the Foreign Princess; Eric Owens as the Water Sprite, Rusalka’s father; and Jamie Barton as the duplicitous witch Jezibaba. Mark Elder conducts.
Sat Feb 25 at 9:55am (live) and Wed Mar 1 at 6:30pm (encore)

THE ROYAL OPERA IN CINEMA
Il Trovatore (Verdi) – Director David Bösch sets the passionate story of love, feuding families, and a gypsy curse against the backdrop of war.  Star-crossed lovers, Manrico and Leonora, are intertwined with the fate of Manrico’s mother the gypsy Azucena, who is seeking vengeance for the murder of her own mother by the di Luna family. Starring Gregory Kunde as Manrico, Lianna Haroutounian as Leonora, Vitaliy Bilyy as Count di Luna, Anita Rachvelishvili as Azucena, with Richard Farnes conducting.
Wed Feb 22 at 1pm and 7pm Rialto Cinemas Elmwood 2966 College Ave., Berkeley
Tues Feb 28 at 7pm Clay Theatre 2261 Fillmore St., SF
Tues Feb 28 at 7pm Nickelodeon Theatre 210 Lincoln St., Santa Cruz

ENJOY!

 

Lectures, Classes, & Workshops – February 2017

Ciao, Opera Mavens! Here are your educational opera-tunities for the month:

OPERA SAN JOSE ADULT EDUCATION EVENTS
http://www.operasj.org/educationcommunity/adult-education/
Preview: Silent Night (Puts) – A free one-hour presentation moderated by General Director Larry Hancock including lecture and performances by OSJ artists.
Tues Jan 31 at 12noon Beethoven Center, Dr. MLK Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando St., SJ
Silent Night Symposia
https://www.operasj.org/tickets/silent-night-symposia/
Panel 1 – Contemporary Opera in America, 2 – 2:40pm
Panel 2 – Designing Silent Night, 2:50 – 3:30pm
Panel 3 – WWI: Contemporary Perspectives, 3:50 – 4:35pm
Panel 4 – Meet the Creators of Silent Night, 4:45 – 5:25pm
$20 for all four sessions, includes light refreshments
Fri Feb 10, California Theatre, Third Floor Rehearsal Hall, 345 South 1st St., SJ

OPERA AT YOUR DOORSTEP LECTURE SERIES
https://www.operasj.org/educationcommunity/adult-education/
Increase your understanding of opera and enjoy the upcoming Opera San Jose performances of the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night all the more by attending one of Bradford Wade’s free 90-minute preview talks. At each of his talks, Brad will hold a drawing (free) for a pair of tickets to Silent Night!
Tues Jan 31 at 7:30pm Pat Miller’s Music School, 14107 Winchester Blvd., Los Gatos
Wed Feb 8 at 7pm Italian-American Heritage Foundation, 425 N. 4th St., SJ
Thurs Feb 9 at 7:30pm Sheppard Mullin law firm, 379 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto
If you would like to attend the Los Gatos talk, and perhaps have dinner beforehand with the speaker, please RSVP by emailing patmillermusic1@gmail.com. If you would like to have dinner with the speaker before the Palo Alto talk, please RSVP with Jim Stauffer at jfs.fosj@gmail.com. No RSVP is needed for the San Jose or Palo Alto talks. For more information, please send a message to OperaAtYourDoorstep@gmail.com

SAN MATEO ADULT SCHOOL
http://www.smace.org/50_plus/music/
Afternoon at the Opera – Instructor Shari Deghi‘s opera appreciation classes will guide you through the Met Opera Live in HD  transmissions of Rusalka, La Traviata, and Idomeneo.  Other classes offered include three sessions on contemporary opera from 1900 to the present and operas of the Italian Risorgimento with former SFO set designer Norman Rizzi.  $15 per single session or $48 for four. More info at the link above.
Mon Jan 30 – Mar 20 (No class Feb 20), 2:30 – 4:30 pm
San Mateo Senior Center, 2645 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo

WAGNER SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
http://www.wagnersf.org/
Speight Jenkins, General Director Emeritus of the Seattle Opera, will be speaking.
Program TBD. Check the WSNC website for updated information as the date approaches. Free for members, $10 fee for nonmembers
Sat Feb 4 at 1pm JCC-SF 3200 California St., SF

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA – FAMILY WORKSHOPS
http://tinyurl.com/SFOFamLittlePrince
First Act: The Little Prince – Explore music, rhythm, visual arts and movement designed to foster social-emotional development, increased language and motor skills as you discover Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s fantasy opera, The Little Prince. $10; Limited discount tickets are available for families in need, click on the link above for more info.
Sat Feb 11; 9 – 10am and 10:30 – 11:30am  Bryan Education Studio – 4th Floor, War Memorial Veterans Building 401 Van Ness Ave., SF

OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE
https://www.scholarolli.com/event/metropolitan-opera-season-2
Metropolitan Opera Season, Part 2 – Instructor Diane Mauch leads this course on the second five Met Opera Live in HD transmissions: Rusalka, La Traviata, Idomeneo, Eugene Onegin, and Der Rosenkavalier. She’ll use CDs and DVDs during her exploration of the historical, musical, and theatrical high points of each. Whether you’re a newcomer to opera or a veteran, here’s a chance to deepen your appreciation of the medium’s irresistible mix of music, drama, and visual splendor.
$60 for OLLI & Rossmoor Opera Club members / $84 for non-members
Fri Feb 24; Mar 3, 17, 31; May 5, 1 – 3pm Fireside Room, Gateway Complex, 1001 Golden Rain Rd., Walnut Creek

OPERA AT OAKHURST
http://www.eccoyosemite.org/uploads/8/6/6/8/86687430/opera_2017.pdf
Vienna: The Making of an Operatic Culture – Using formal lectures and seminars led by UCSB Professor Simon Williams, this course will take you on an operatic journey of Vienna. It will begin with the mighty baroque festivals of the Habsburg court and the operas of both Gluck and Mozart, which brought Vienna to the forefront as an international centre of opera. Next is the Viennese operetta, one of the most attractive of all forms of light opera, and analysis of three of the greatest operas of Richard StraussDer Rosenkavalier, Ariadne auf Naxos, and Arabella – all of which were inspired by and set in Vienna. Finally, the course will touch upon the work of Alban Berg and the Viennese Second School that revolutionized opera in the first 40 years of the 20th century.
April 21 – 24, Evergreen Conference Center  Oakhurst, CA
*Registration open now. Tuition, fees, lodging, and other important info at the link above*

ENJOY!

Workshops, Classes, & Lectures – January 2017

Ciao, Opera Mavens & Happy New Year!  Here are your educational opera-tunities for January:

WAGNER SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
http://www.wagnersf.org/
Stepping in to speak for the Society in January will be Larry Oppenheim, who will give a talk on the music of Die Meistersinger. Mr. Oppenheim is a popular lecturer with the San Francisco Public Library with his series of opera lectures: “Opera for the People”.
Free for members, $10 fee for nonmembers.
Sat Jan 7 at 1pm JCC-SF 3200 California St., SF

STANFORD CONTINUING STUDIES
Richard Wagner: Controversial Genius – Led by Speight Jenkins, General Director of Seattle Opera – Emeritus, this course will discuss the personality of the composer, one of the intellectual giants of his century, his friends and foes, and particularly his music. You will not just explore the ten works of his maturity with selections from live performances, but also discuss differences in the style of singing Wagner from his time until ours, the change in productions of his work, and why Tristan und Isolde had a profound effect on the music of the 20th century, and a look at why and how The Ring of the Nibelung has become among the best box-office successes of the 21st century.  Tuition and more info at the link above.
Monday evenings Jan 9 – Feb 13 from 7 – 8:50pm

The Ballad of Baby Doe: A Study and Performance of the First Great American Opera – With its tuneful, popular style and soaring melodies, Douglas Moore‘s Baby Doe is a brilliant evocation of the mining era in the American West, and a true portrait of life in Leadville, Denver, and even Washington, DC. Strongly based in historical fact, it addresses Populism and the Free Silver movement, boom-and-bust economic cycles, and includes appearances by presidential candidate and orator William Jennings Bryan and President Chester Arthur. With Stanford music lecturer Marie-Louise Catsalis and mezzo-soprano Wendy Hillhouse (Merola 1981) as your instructors, you will study the music, the history of the opera’s composition and production, its historical, economic, and sociological background and also attend a performance and meet with performers and directors afterward to complete the experience.  Tuition and more info at the link above.
Thursday evenings Jan 12 – Mar 2 from 7 – 8:50pm

SF CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
http://sfcm.edu/events/patricia-racette-soprano
Master Class seminar on integrative artistry with Patricia Racette (Adler 1989 – 91)
$10 general admission.  Fri Jan 20 at 6pm Sol Joseph Recital Hall, SFCM 50 Oak St., SF

SAN FRANCISCO PERFORMING ARTS CONNECTION
Performing Arts Connection: Spring Break for Teens
Applications are now being accepted for this special program taking place March 27 – 31, 2017 at the Diane B. Wilsey Center for Opera.  Fill your spring break with music, poetry, dance, theater, and digital media storytelling! Discover and explore new art forms, hone current skills, and inspire fresh creativity with diverse teen communities from all over the Bay Area. Teens will work with local artists and specialists from SF Opera, SF Ballet, American Conservatory Theatre, Youth Speaks and Citizen Film in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco to craft original works and produce a showcase for their families and the community.

ENJOY!

Broadcasts – January 2017

Happy New Year, Opera Mavens! Here are your broadcast opera-tunities to kick off 2017:

LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER
http://www.kqed.org/tv/programs/index.jsp?pgmid=19315
NY Philharmonic New Year’s Eve – Ring in 2017 with Alan Gilbert and the NY Phil in an “Enchanted Evening” of American classics. Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato (Merola 1997) and Tony-winning baritone Paulo Szot perform Rodgers & Hammerstein and more, and the orchestra performs catchy Copland and sumptuous Strauss.
Sat Dec 31 at 9pm – KQED 9
Sun Jan 1 at 12am – KQED Plus
Sun Jan 1 at 3am – KQED 9

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA ON KDFC
http://www.kdfc.com/The-Metropolitan-Opera-on-KDFC/15771717
Nabucco (Verdi) – The legendary Plácido Domingo brings another new baritone role to the Met under the baton of his longtime collaborator James Levine. Liudmyla Monastyrska is Abigaille, the warrior woman determined to rule empires, Jamie Barton is the heroic Fenena, and Dmitri Belosselskiy is Zaccaria, the stentorian voice of the oppressed Hebrew people.  Sat Jan 7 at 10am

La Bohème (Puccini) – Ailyn Pérez and Michael Fabiano star as the young Parisian lovers Mimi and Rodolfo at the center of the story with Susanna Phillips as Musetta, David Bizic as Marcello, Alexey Lavrov as Schaunard, Christian Van Horn as Colline, and Massimo Cavalletti as Marcello. Carlo Rizzi conducts.  Sat Jan 14 at 10am

Roméo et Juliette (Gounod) – Soprano Diana Damrau and tenor Vittorio Grigolo are back as opera’s classic lovers in Gounod’s lush Shakespeare adaptation. Bartlett Sher‘s production has already won acclaim for its vivid 18th-century milieu and stunning costumes during runs at Salzburg and La Scala. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the sumptuous score.  Sat Jan 21 at 10am

Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Rossini) – Peter Mattei reprises one of his most compelling portrayals, that of the wily barber Figaro. The Met’s popular production also pairs bel canto stars Pretty Yende and Javier Camarena as the lovers Rosina and Count Almaviva, with Maurizio Benini conducting.  Sat Jan 28 at 10am

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HD
http://www.metopera.org/Season/In-Cinemas
Nabucco (Verdi) – The legendary Plácido Domingo brings another new baritone role to the Met under the baton of his longtime collaborator James Levine. Liudmyla Monastyrska is Abigaille, the warrior woman determined to rule empires, Jamie Barton is the heroic Fenena, and Dmitri Belosselskiy is Zaccaria, the stentorian voice of the oppressed Hebrew people.
Sat Jan 7 at 9:55am (live) and Wed Jan 11 at 6:30pm (encore)

Roméo et Juliette (Gounod) – Soprano Diana Damrau and tenor Vittorio Grigolo are back as opera’s classic lovers in Gounod’s lush Shakespeare adaptation. Bartlett Sher‘s production has already won acclaim for its vivid 18th-century milieu and stunning costumes during runs at Salzburg and La Scala. Gianandrea Noseda conducts the sumptuous score.
Sat Jan 21 at 9:55am (live) and Wed Jan 25 at 6:30pm (encore)

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA RADIO BROADCASTS
http://www.kdfc.com/pages/15764296.php
Cendrillon (Massenet) – Archival broadcast from 1982 with Donald Gramm (Pandolfe), Maureen Forrester (Mme. de la Haltière), Kaaren Erickson (Noémie), Laura Brooks Rice (Merola 1983, Dorothée), Sheri Greenawald (Lucette), Ruth Welting (Fairy Godmother), Delia Wallis (Prince Charming), Robert Tate (Master of Ceremonies), Carl Glaum (Prime Minister), James Busterud (Adler 1984, The King), R. Lee Woodriff (Herald); conducted by Mario Bernardi.
Sun Jan 8 at 8pm on KDFC

PBS – GREAT PERFORMANCES
http://www.kqed.org/tv/programs/index.jsp?pgmid=67
Bel Canto (Lopez) – Based on the best-selling novel by Ann Patchett and commissioned by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Bel Canto tells the gripping story inspired by the 126-day hostage crisis of 1996-97 at the Japanese ambassador’s house in Lima, Peru. Cast includes soprano Danielle de Niese as the fictional soprano Roxanne Coss, J’Nai Bridges as Carmen, Jeongcheol Cha as Hosokawa, Anthony Roth Costanzo as Cesar, William Burden (Merola 1991) as Ruben Iglesias, and Andrew Stenson (Merola 2012) as Gen. Conducted by Lyric music director Sir Andrew Davis and directed by Kevin Newbury.
Fri Jan 13 at 9pm and Sat Jan 14 at 2am – KQED 9
Sun Jan 22 at 12noon – KQED Plus

PESCADERO OPERA SOCIETY
http://www.pescaderoopera.com/
Faust (Gounod) – The story of a scholar who sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for unlimited knowledge and worldly indulgences. Sir David McVicar‘s innovative production for the Royal Opera sets this story around the time of the Franco-Prussian War (1870) in the gothic, seamy underbelly of Paris. He characterizes Faust, performed by Roberto Alagna, as a man both torn between the theater and religion, and grappling with his own sexuality. Angela Gheorghiu stars as Marguerite alongside a divine cast of operatic superstars, including Bryn Terfel, Simon Keenlyside and Sophie Koch. ROH Music Director Antonio Pappano conducts.
Sat Jan 14 potluck at 12noon followed by DVD presentation at 2pm
10350 Cabrillo Hwy, 3 miles south of Pescadero Rd. (look for the American flag)

CAMERA 3 CINEMAS – OPERA IN CINEMA
http://www.cameracinemas.com/operas.shtml
Samson et Dalila (Saint-Saens) – Lightning streaks through the skies as Dalila declares her love to Samson in one of the finest arias of romantic opera. When the thunder at last rumbles, the enchanting yet treacherous beauty Dalila betrays Samson and offers him up to his enemies. This 2016 Opera National de Paris production is directed by Damiano Michieletto and conducted by Philippe Jordan and stars Anita Rachvelisvili as Dalila, Aleksandr Antonenko as Samson, Egils Silins as the High Priest of Dagon, Nicolas Teste as Abimélech, Nicolas Cavallier as the Old Hebrew, John Bernard as the Philistine Messenger, Luca Sannaias the First Philistine, and Jian Hong-Zhao as the Second Philistine.
Sun Jan 15 at 12noon and Tues Jan 17 at 7:15pm
Camera 3 Entertainment, 288 S. Second St., San Jose

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA FAMILY MOVIES
http://sfopera.com/familymovies
The Magic Flute for Families – The story of a prince and a bird catcher’s journey to rescue a beautiful princess. Along the way they find their true loves and discover wisdom and forgiveness. *FREE* Recommended for ages 5 and up. A 15-minute live introduction precedes each screening. Seating is first-come, first-served.
Wed Jan 25 at 6pm North Beach Public Library 850 Columbus Ave., SF

MEROLA GOES TO THE MOVIES
http://www.merola.org/movies
Carmen (Bizet) – Love, obsession, bullfights, cigarette girls, and smugglers. The tragic story of the unforgettable Carmen plays out with passionate intensity in a vibrant production that makes this familiar score seem fresh and new. The Royal Opera’s 2006 production features Anna Caterina Antonacci as Carmen, Jonas Kaufmann as Don Jose, and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo as Escamillo; directed by Francesca Zambello and conducted by Antonio Pappano.  Admission is free. Seating is on a first-come basis. Doors open at 12:30 pm
Sun Jan 29 at 1pm SFPL Main Branch – Koret Auditorium 100 Larkin St., SF

ENJOY!